Port Angeles man treated, released after motorcycle wreck east of Joyce

PORT ANGELES — A Port Angeles man was treated and released from Olympic Medical Center after he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and crashed on state Highway 112 west of Port Angeles.

Nicholas A. Heaton, 43, was traveling westbound on a 2017 Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle late Monday when it swerved into the oncoming lane and came back into the westbound lane on its side, the State Patrol said in a collision memo.

The motorcycle slid into a ditch, struck a barbed wire fence and came to a rest in the ditch near milepost 55 east of Joyce at about 10:05 p.m., troopers said.

Heaton was treated and released from Olympic Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Bobby Beeman said Tuesday morning.

The State Patrol said Heaton was traveling too fast for conditions and that drugs or alcohol might have been involved, according to the collision memo.

The crash was being investigated as a possible driving under the influence, troopers said.

Heaton was wearing a helmet.

Clallam County Fire District No. 4 treated the driver and controlled the scene, Fire Chief Greg Waters said.

The Joyce-based fire district responded with a command vehicle, ambulance and seven personnel.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 56450, or at [email protected].

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